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02/05/2011 - 9:30am
Thomas in net for Bruins vs. Sharks
By: DJ Bean

Bruins coach Claude Julien told the media Saturday that Tim Thomas will be between the pipes when the B's take on the Sharks in a 1 p.m. matinee. San Jose will counter with Antti Niemi. 

 

Thomas, in the midst of a career year, leads the league in both goals against average (1.82) and save percentage (.945) and is tied for the NHL lead in shutouts (7) and wins (25). In his last start, he made 24 saves in a 3-2 victory over the Hurricanes Monday in Carolina. Niemi is 14-3-3 this season with a 2.75 GAA and .911 save percentage. 

 

Bruins forward Daniel Paille will serve the first game of his four-game suspension Saturday and will be eligible to return Feb. 15 against the Maple Leafs.

 

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02/04/2011 - 11:02pm
Jermaine O'Neal has surgery, out 6-8 weeks

Celtics' general manager Danny Ainge announced after his team's 101-97 loss to the Mavericks Friday night that center/forward Jermaine O'Neal went arthroscopic surgery on his left knee earlier in the day and will be out of games an estimated 6-8 weeks.

 

"Surgery went fine and we're hoping that helps alleviates the swelling he was getting with extra activity," Ainge said.

 

O'Neal, who hasn't played since Jan. 10, was originally thought not to need surgery, but the problematic knee wasn't progressing in a fashion that was satisfactory for the player or team.

 

"It didn't respond like we had hoped," Ainge said.

 

Ainge, who said he hopes for an early April return, noted that the procedure wasn't one which will solve O'Neal's health concerns heading into next season.

 

"I think it could be something he could be dealing with next season," he...

02/04/2011 - 10:45pm
Kraft on SpyGate: 'Tired of the whole subject'

Patriots owner Robert Kraft, in an interview with the Big Show from the site of the Super Bowl in Dallas, acknowledged his surprise that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell voiced displeasure with the handling of New England coach Bill Belichick's apology for stealing signals in 2007. Rather than detail his own feelings on the conversation, however, Kraft expressed his exhaustion with the subject before respectfully but firmly declining to discuss it.

 

"I must tell you, this is three and a half years later," said Kraft. "I can’t speak for why other people do things or don’t do things. I can just tell you that I’m tired of the whole subject, and it’s something I’m not going to discuss with anyone, to be honest."

 

Asked a follow-up about whether he ever was asked to talk with Goodell after Belichick issued a written apology and declined to take questions from the media, Kraft...

02/04/2011 - 10:44pm
McCourty second in Def. Rookie of the Year

Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty finished a distant second to Detroit defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh in the voting for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year voting on Friday.

There’s no shame, however. At least McCourty got a vote — in fact, McCourty, who finished the season with seven interceptions, was the only defensive rookie other than Suh to receive a single tally — in fact the defensive back got two. Meanwhile, Suh nabbed 48 of the 50 votes, becoming the first Lion to grab the honor since Al Baker in 1978.

As for McCourty, he started all 16 games for the Patriots and finished the season with 82 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles and 17 passes defensed. He tied for second in the NFL and led all rookies with seven interceptions on the season, recording four of them over three consecutive games (Weeks 11-13). The seven interceptions by a Patriots rookie are second only to the eight by Mike Haynes in...

02/04/2011 - 10:43pm
Garnett: 'I never apologize for my actions'

In his first blog post in more than 10 days on his shoe company's website, Celtics All-Star forward Kevin Garnett provided a different perspective on the apparent low blow he issued on Channing Frye that got him ejected from last week's loss to the Suns.

 

"I never apologize for my actions, as I play with passion," Garnett wrote. "I actually got ejected for (the ref said) 'talking too much.' Can you believe that? It was unfortunate, and I hate to leave my team out there without being around to support them. Doc [Rivers] got ejected and then fined $15,000 for not leaving the court in a timely manner. A TIMELY MANNER. WOW."

 

Suns head coach Alvin Gentry had a different take on the situation, according to The Arizona Rebublic. "I lost a little respect for [Garnett]," Gentry said. "I love his competitive nature but there is not a place for what he was doing in...

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